The University of Buckingham

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.36 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    - / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    - / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    83.3 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    54.7 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    85.0 / 100.0


  • The University of Buckingham opened in 1976 and celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2016.
  • It is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter.
  • Two-year degrees in Business, Humanities, Law and Science, all eligible for student loans.
  • Distinctive range of taught postgraduate and research degrees.
  • The School of Education offers an independent PGCE with or without QTS and a Master's in Education.
  • The Medical School opened in 2015 in partnership with Milton Keynes University Hospital. A 4.5 year MB ChB medicine programme is available to UK and International Students
  • The university has 2,500 students from the UK and 80 other countries.

Location and Transport

  • The main campus is in a beautiful and safe rural setting close to Stowe, Silverstone, Waddesdon and Bicester Village.
  • London campus in Gower Street for London programmes.
  • School of Education based at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester.
  • Excellent bus links to the cities of Oxford, Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Northampton.
  • Fast train links to London from Milton Keynes and Bicester North railway stations.
  • Close to the M1 and M40 motorways.

Entry Requirements

  • Average of BBB–ABB at A level.
  • International qualifications accepted.
  • Medical School entry grades are normally AAB or higher.
  • Lower entry grades onto 3-year programmes in Business, Humanities, Law and Science that have an initial Foundation year.
  • Please consult the university's website for subject-specific entry requirements.

Student Mix

The 2,245 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 51%
  • Postgraduate 49%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 94%
  • Part Time 6%


  • UK 61%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 33%

Student gender

  • Male 52%
  • Female 48%

Course Flexibility

  • The traditional Buckingham undergraduate degree is two years.
  • Start dates in January, July and September.
  • Degrees may be single honours, joint honours, combined honours or major/minor.
  • Some subjects offer a three-year option.
  • Students who do not quite meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor's degree may enrol on a Bachelor's programme that includes a year's study at foundation level.

Teaching Standards

  • Students have voted the university top of the National Student Survey almost every year since 2006.
  • 94% satisfaction rate with the quality of teaching, tutor support and personal development.
  • Programmes in Applied Computing, Law and Psychology are accredited by the relevant professional body.

Research Standards

  • Significant research grants have been secured for diabetes, obesity and cancer, and research in applied computing, education policy, and law.
  • The university is currently negotiating and planning for entry into the Research Excellence Framework.
  • Further development in medical research once the centre in Milton Keynes University Hospital is open.

Academic Strengths

  • Outstanding graduate prospects.
  • Leading the National Student Survey since 2006.
  • Staff:student ratio of 1:11.3.
  • Undergraduate degrees completed in two years.
  • Dynamic and International student body.
  • The university offers a high degree of personal attention to its students, both academic and personal, reflected in more contact hours and small group tutorials.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • Wireless access in all halls of residence and across the rest of the campus.
  • Newly refurbished refectory and fitness suite. Students' Union and libraries.
  • Dance Studio.
  • Music Room.
  • Prayer Room.
  • Common rooms for relaxation.

Disability Services

  • The university has a Disability Officer based in the Student Welfare Department.
  • The needs of students with a disability are assessed at the admissions stage to ensure that the university is able to support their needs.
  • Special arrangements are put in place to support students with examinations and other forms of assessment.
  • Visit our website for information about disability services at the University of Buckingham, or telephone +44 (0)1280 820200, email

Students' Union

  • Students' Union Executive serves a six-month term of office with elections held in March and August.
  • Affiliated to the Students' Union are a wide range of societies, including the Law Society, Amnesty International Society, Caribbean Society, Nigerian Society, Christian Union, Islamic Society, plus many more cultural societies.
  • The union organizes weekly events such as quizzes, live music nights and themed parties.
  • Annually they host the Graduation Ball, Rag Week and the annual Duck Race.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university employs students in the library, student bar and Students Union on a part time basis. These opportunities are advertised to students as and when they become available.
  • Part-time work is be available in the local towns, including the large Bicester Village shopping mall.
  • The university has strong links with local recruitment agencies who regularly visit campus and will assist students in finding part-time work.

Careers Guidance

  • The university has a central Careers Service offering students from all schools of study a drop in service for information, advice and guidance.
  • Students can book one-to-one sessions with an adviser at the main office and also in careers offices on our other campuses.
  • A programme of workshops aimed at enhancing the students’ employability are arranged complementing the soft skills gained during their studies.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university has renovated its Chandos Road facility to include the new Medical School, and upgraded its main teaching facilities.
  • Currently refurbishing property on the Hunter Street site to accommodate the Humanities Research Institute.
  • Signature building under construction for Buckingham undergraduate and postgraduate medical students at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

Notable Alumni

  • Robin Totterman, PEL here in 1984 – owner of Inspecs, a spectacle design and manufacturing business.
  • Arjun Oberoi, Econs 1991 – runs Oberoi Hotel Group in India with his uncle and cousin.
  • Marc Gene, Econs 1995 – F1 Test driver for Ferrari, winner of the 24 Hour Le Mans in 2009.
  • Patrick Coote, Euro Bus Management 1995 – Marketing Manager, Fraser Super Yachts, Monaco.
  • Alex Jovy, English and Euro Law with French 1995 – film director, Oscar nominated short film in Cannes 1998.
  • Mark Lancaster (Business Studies 1992) – MP for MK NE.
  • Chris de Lapuente, Econs 1983 – adventurer, Global President and CEO of Sephora (part of LVMH group).
  • Sara Sutcliffe (nee Friend), Eng and Euro Law with French 1993 – British Olympic Association, Director of Legal & HR.
  • Keva Bain, Law 1993 – Office of the Attorney General, Bahamas.
  • Frederick Mitchell –  Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bahamas.
  • Leo Mills –  former Secretary to the Cabinet of Bermuda.
  • Bob Tavener – CEO, Twinings.
  • Mark Allen – CEO, DairyCrest.

Further Details

Address The University of Buckingham
Hunter Street
MK18 1EG
UCAS Code B90